Definitions for biodiversityˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈvɜr sɪ ti, -daɪ-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
bi•o•di•ver•si•tyˌbaɪ oʊ dɪˈvɜr sɪ ti, -daɪ-(n.)
diversity of plant and animal species in an environment.
Origin of biodiversity:
the diversity of plant and animal life in a particular habitat (or in the world as a whole)
"a high level of biodiversity is desirable"
the diversity (number and variety of species) of plant and animal life within a region
Biodiversity is the degree of variation of life forms within a given species, ecosystem, biome, or planet. Terrestrial biodiversity tends to be highest at low latitudes near the equator, which seems to be the result of the warm climate and high primary productivity. Marine biodiversity tends to be highest along coasts in the Western Pacific, where sea surface temperature is highest and in mid-latitudinal band in all oceans. Biodiversity generally tends to cluster in hotspots, and has been increasing through time but will be likely to slow in the future. Rapid environmental changes typically cause mass extinctions. One estimate is that
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The variety of all native living organisms and their various forms and interrelationships.
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